How to get back into work after a long period of unemployment

The idea of landing a job after a long period of unemployment can be a daunting. In this blog we five steps to follow in order to land a job successfully.

Update your skillset

If you’ve been out of work for a long period of time, there’s a good chance your skill set is going to be a bit outdated. The most effective way to make yourself employable is to update your skill set. First, you should identify skills that are commonly sought after by employers (sometimes referred to as hard, or technical skills) and work towards getting those skills. Volunteering or doing a free work placement is a great way to learn new skills, and can also be a useful way of getting your foot in the door with a company.

Retrain for free

Make use of our free training services. We run a variety of training courses that are specially designed to equip you with all the skills you’ll need to find a job. Our training courses range from teaching you English and maths skills, to confidence building and mock interview workshops. We also offer access to qualifications that are specific to certain industries.

Use your soft skills to land the job

Whilst hard skills are certainly required for landing most jobs, soft skills are often looked over or unknown to a lot of job searchers. Soft skills are personal characteristics that enable an individual to work efficiently and alongside others. If you feel like your technical skills are lacking, include skills on your CV such as a “quick learner”, or a “great team worker”.

Update your CV

If you’ve been out of work for a while then it is essential that you update your CV. This includes adding any recent work experience and/or qualifications that you’ve gained, alongside personal interests that may help you in you’ll also need to tailor your CV to jobs that you’re applying for.

Don’t do it alone

Job searching isn’t always easy – especially if you’ve been unemployed for a long period of time. Whilst looking for work, it’s important to stay positive, proactive and get the support that you need. Friends and family are a good place to start – but if you need a helping hand, the Employment Adviser we assign you will be with you every step of the way. You can find out more about our free service by clicking the button below.